In our stressful lives, retreating into a peaceful slumber each night isn’t just something that you enjoy; it is an absolute necessity to promote good mental and physical health. If you are having trouble sleeping, there are a number of tricks that you can try to help you wind down in advance of bedtime.
Don’t eat big meals too close to bed. Exercise a couple of hours before bed. Switch off electronics an hour or two before bed and read a book instead. You need to do everything that you can to signal to your brain that it is time to go to sleep.
You can also let your body know that it is time to go to sleep by creating a good sleep environment in your Fredericksburg, VA home with your air conditioning system. Here is what you need to know.
Set the Ideal Temperature
In order for your body to really get the message that it is sleep time, you need to drop the temperature accordingly. You need your room to be between about 60Fº and 67Fº for optimal sleep.
That’s because when you go to sleep, your body temperature drops and you need the temperature of your bedroom to drop accordingly.
This can be done more easily if you install a programmable thermostat for the temp to drop each night around bedtime. If you work shift work or prefer the rest of the home to be slightly cooler, think about getting zone heating, which lets you control each room individually.
Get the Humidity Levels Right
You’ve heard, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” That holds true, even in your bedroom.
If the humidity is too high in your home, you may have trouble breathing, and you definitely won’t be able to relax enough to go to sleep.
High humidity also promotes the growth of mold and other allergens, which can trigger respiratory problems too.
Of course, having the humidity too low means dry skin which will interrupt your sleep too. Putting a whole home humidifier on your system and setting it to about 50 to 60 percent will take care of that problem.
Keep the Fans Going
There is little that is more soothing than a fresh breeze. You can create this yourself by leaving your ceiling fan going.
This will circulate the air well and promote good sleep. Additionally, it will keep your energy bills lower.
This will let you sleep easier for sure because you don’t have to run the air conditioning as high. Good sleep habits will improve your life. Let your HVAC do the work for you.